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Playoff positions will be determined as the softball and baseball regular seasons will come to a close in the coming days.

Leander, Vista Ridge, and Vandegrift each wrap up their regular seasons with three-game sets this weekend. Cedar Park and Rouse have four games left in the next two weeks and are both sitting in playoff positions.

The Lions were swept by Westlake last week and have been eliminated from postseason contention. The Rangers and Vipers are tied for third place in the district standings at 9-6 overall.

Vista Ridge has three games against Westlake, which is two games behind them in the playoff race. Vandegrift faces district-leading Lake Travis, which has lost one district game all season, in a three-game set. 

According to Vandegrift baseball coach Allen McGee, any win against Lake Travis this week will ensure a first-ever trip to the postseason for the Vipers. Should Lake Travis sweep the Vipers, McGee said there are two other scenarios that could see Vandegrift making the postseason. In one, Vista Ridge would need to beat Westlake twice this week, sending both the Rangers and the Vipers to the playoffs. In the other, Westlake would need to sweep Vista Ridge this week, with the Chaparrals and Vipers making the playoffs and Vista Ridge sitting out the postseason. 

“We can only control one of those situations so that’s what we are concerning ourselves with this week,” said McGee, adding, “We have had the best year in Viper Baseball history but (we) can’t worry about that yet until we handle our business this last week in the regular season. This senior class has been great leading both on and off the baseball field. I have all the confidence in the world they will continue that trend this week.”

On the softball field, Vista Ridge and Rouse have locked up playoff spots, while Cedar Park, Leander, and Vandegrift missed out on the playoffs.

The Lady Raiders are the only local team playing in town as they host Westlake in the regular season finale on Friday night.

It’s still early in the season for the Express, but they return home from a seven-game road trip to host Omaha Storm Chasers on Thursday and Friday and the Iowa Cubs from Saturday through next Tuesday.

Upcoming Schedule:

HS BASEBALL

Friday, April 21 7 p.m.

Cedar Park at Connally

Leander vs. Lehman, LHS

Rouse at Hutto

Vandegrift vs. Lake Travis, VHS

Vista Ridge vs. Westlake, VRHS

 

Saturday, April 22

1 p.m.

Leander at Lehman

Vandegrift at Lake Travis

2:30 p.m.

Rouse at Robstown

7 p.m.

Vista Ridge at Westlake

 

Tuesday, April 25

7 p.m.

Cedar Park vs. Hutto, CPHS

Rouse vs. Elgin, RHS

 

HS SOFTBALL

Friday, April 21

7 p.m.

Cedar Park at Elgin

Rouse at Bastrop

Vandegrift at Lake Travis

Vista Ridge vs. Westlake, VRHS

 

AAA BASEBALL

Thursday, April 20 7:05 p.m.

Express vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, Dell Diamond

 

Friday, April 21 7:05 p.m.

Express vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, Dell Diamond

 

Saturday, April 22 7:05 p.m.

Express vs. Iowa Cubs, Dell Diamond

 

Sunday, April 23 7:05 p.m.

Express vs. Iowa Cubs, Dell Diamond

 

Monday, April 24 7:05 p.m.

Express vs. Iowa Cubs, Dell Diamond

 

Tuesday, April 25 7:05 p.m.

Express vs. Iowa Cubs, Dell Diamond

 

Thursday, April 27 7:05 p.m.

Express at Memphis Redbirds

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